Lunar New Year’s day in hospital this year, because he was urged to drink Kweichow Moutai, the famous Chinese liquor. After recklessly guzzli
ng almost half liter, he went into a coma due to alcohol poisoning and ended up in the emergency room. My poor friend missed the entire Spring Festival.
For many foreigners, such an incident may be beyond imagination, and include a shock factor. Why do some Chinese pe
ople always force others to drink? How is drinking linked to sincerity and good faith? Well, welcome to the Chinese drinking culture.
As an old saying goes, “In wine there is truth.” Some Chinese people tend to believ
e that under the influence, people may reveal their true beliefs and feelings which would not be expressed when they are sober.
As a result, when people are urging their friends to drink, they may say: “If you don’t drink up, you are not m
y true friend!” It sounds they could only be honest and open to each other when they are dead-drunk.
In another type of situation, people who hold more power force their subordinates to drink. They would say: “Dr
ink this up, and then I will promise you your promotion.” It is more like forced persuasion or even a threat. In
China, urging people to drink is like a “game of thrones.” The domineering would force others to drink up so as to show off their
power, while the pliable tend to yield. They use empty bottles to tell the strong: “See, I keep drinking and don’t care sacrificing my health for you.”
Tian Hongming, 67, has been dubbed the “last blacksmith by the fire” by the people of Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin province.
Having picked up the skill of forging iron at the age of seven from his grandfather, Tian has made a living from the skill for more than half a century.
In the 1990s his business reached its peak, selling more than 80,000 iron products a year, Tian said.
With increaed industsrialization and the cheaper and more intricate iron products it brought however, Tian and his workshop went into decline.
Although fewer customers now choose handmade iron products, Tian sticks to the traditional craft and takes every order seriously.
In 2015 his skill was listed among the city’s intangible cultural heritages.
“Sometimes, the flow-line productions can’t meet the special needs of custo
mers, so the craft will never be replaced,” he said. “And I will continue my business as long as the market and customers need me.”
will be publicized on the CNIPA website and China Intellectual Property News, a Beijing-base
d newspaper, and face other punishments administered by related authorities, according to the draft.
They will also be blacklisted and exposed via a national credibility information sharing system.
Trademarks achieved by this means will be declared void, the draft says.
“The long-awaited regulations draft came as no surprise,” Li said. “Such regulations are necessary, especially amid continuous growth in IP filings in China.”
The number of trademark applications from the country has topped the world for ye
ars, according to statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Data from the CNIPA show that the inventory of valid domestic trademarks had surpassed 18 million by the end of 2018.
China has improved in IP filings and protection by leaps and bounds, yet insufficien
t enforcement has come under fire and the discordance between quantity and quality has yet to be tackled, Li said.
Growing awareness of the issues and the reconfiguration of IP administrative organs contributed to the rollout of the draft, he added.
“The draft does not merely address the chronic problem of abnormal applica
tions but provides an approach to balancing the quantity and quality, ” he noted. “It is just a start.”
aduation dissertation could not be found in the CNKI database, while all graduation dissertations written by his classmates were there.
Zhai’s studio said on Friday he obtained a Ph.D. from the Beijing Film Academy in June, and all h
is academic papers and his dissertation were written by him under the guidance of supervisors.
He has met all graduation requirements from the academy and is willing to be held responsible for any academic misconduct, the studio said.
Netizens later found Zhai’s supervisor Chen Yi, former director of the performance institute of the Beijing Film Academy, on
ly has a bachelor’s degree and has not published any academic papers. However, doctoral supervisors at the university are supposed to have a do
ctoral degree and publish at least eight academic papers and two academic monographs within five years.
Zhai posted an apology letter on his Sina Weibo page Thursday.
“After I have starred in a few films and TV series, I have become full of myself and forgotten honesty is the most important principle,” he said.
“Vanity has misguided me and I brought this attitude into writing academic papers. I will
withdraw from postdoctoral research at Peking University and I am deeply sorry to my school, teachers, fans and the public.”
ie Yifeng, president of the Realty Association of Asia-Pacific Cities, said the sliding sales
in January were due to seasonal factors and should not be regarded as a market trend.
“The Spring Festival was the main reason,” he said. “Property developers were not passionate about selling new proj
ects during the holiday, and it was not very realistic for banks to release housing loans before or during the holiday.”
“A significant index was the registered sold property on the government’s website, but government employees were on
a break too and the statistics of sold property registered on the government’s website were not getting a timely upd
ate,” he said. “The real statistics from last December to January will gradually start to be updated in March.”
In fact, Xie predicted the market in 2019 would be better than last year, as he said the real market indicators were the rising land prices and the amount of land sold.
“The decisive factor is the government’s decision on the shantytown redevelopment policy,” he added, pointing
out that this was expected during this year’s session of the National People’s Congress in March.
Zhang Bo, chief analyst at the 58 Anjuke Institute, said apart from buyers being skeptical tow
ard the price, the weakening intention for speculation was another factor contributing to the slow sales in lower-tier cities.
The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t
our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.
The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.
Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m
usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.
The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit
or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa
ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko
ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.
Another three prototypes for China’s first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, will conduct their maiden flights this year, follow
ing the success of a third one on Dec 28, 2018, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), the maker of the jet.
The 104 prototype test aircraft of the China-made C919 has entered its final assembly stage, the 10
5 is undergoing the assembly of major components, and the main components of the 106 are in pro
duction. The maiden test flights for all three new prototype jets are expected to take place before the end of 2019.
The addition of these three would bring the total number of C919 prototype test aircraft to six.
To date, domestic and overseas buyers have placed orders for 815 of the China-m
ade C919 aircraft.Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of th
e Pig on Feb 5, ushering in Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.
Celebrations took place across the globe, ranging from Southeast Asia’s centuries-old Chi
nese communities to the more recently established Chinatowns of Sydney, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and beyond.
Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.
In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn
ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of
the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.
Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X
i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw
o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.
Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi
ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.
It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de
velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H
ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.